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71 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
CoH Episode 47: Ben O'Brien from The Functional Man
We’re Back! This week I sit down with a career firefighter, Stoic philosopher, and the founder of The Functional Man, Ben O’Brien. Ben reached out to me after hearing some prior episodes dealing with stress and trauma, and the effects it has on first responders. And Ben’s insight on the topic is vast, both through his role as one of his departments peer support officers, but even more importantly as someone who’s personally suffered the consequences of not properly dealing with the stresses associated with trauma. Ben talks openly about the impact this had on his own life and how he eventually came to a point where, in his own words, “I didn’t like the person I had become.” This realization is what sparked the fire of change! A change that would include living a more purposeful life, and with the help of Stoicism, a life guided by principles. We talk about identity, ego, and ways to break the stigma associated with mental health issues. For more on Ben and how to live fulfilled through purpose, be sure to check out his website The Functional Man.
66 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
CoH Episode 46: Jared Shaw from Recovery Strong
This week on the podcast we welcome Jared Shaw, founder of Recovery Strong. The idea behind Recovery Strong was born 6 months into Jared’s own recovery process and is based on a sober and healthy lifestyle branded towards individuals either in recovery, or affected by the disease. Jared’s desire to affect change within the recovery community doesn’t stop there…he also owns a contractor business with approximately half of the employees in the recovery process. I’m always extremely impressed when someone makes an honest assessment of their life and does the necessary work required to become a better version of themselves. What I find even more impressive about Jared’s story is his desire to motivate and empower others to make the same positive change. Jared does this first by talking openly about his own battle with addiction and all the consequences it had in his life. He then demonstrates the power of change by living a healthy and examined life, while empowering others in their own battle with addiction. An example of this was when he and his team recently supported past guest Taylor Spike as he ran the absolutely absurd Cocodona 250-mile ultra-marathon, with Jared joining Taylor for 40 miles to help pace. Both of these men are shining examples that we are capable of amazing things, no matter how dark our pasts may look. Please help support Recovery Strong by purchasing some of their gear at https://recoverystrong.com/.
72 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
CoH Episode 45: Jason Hardrath
This week I had the opportunity to talk with teacher, professional mountain guide, adventure athlete, Stoic philosopher, and all-around motivational guy, Jason Hardrath. I initially asked Jason to come on to discuss his goal of completing 100 Fastest Known Time (FKT) records, but as you’ll hear, our conversation wanders into topics much deeper. We discuss the effects of ADHD in our lives, the habits that’ve facilitated his success, Stoicism, and how a car accident almost ended everything. To learn more about Jason and his FKT attempts, check him out at https://maps.findmespot.com/s/8B7M#history/assets and on his IG at https://www.instagram.com/jasonhardrath/.
92 minutes | May 19, 2021
CoH Episode 44: Brian Walton
Joining us this week is Brian Walton, a highly decorated cyclist and three-time Olympian. Brian raced professionally for fourteen years on Team 7-11, Motorola Cycling Team and Team Saturn, as well as for the Canadian National Team. During his cycling career, he achieved a great amount, such as a silver medal at the Olympics and three Pan American gold medals. In 2006, Brian was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments. After his racing career, he pivoted to coaching, where he developed Team Snow Valley into one of the top-ranked amateur teams in the US. His efforts earned him the USA Cycling Developmental Coach of the Year award in 2003. After that, he went on to coach other teams and athletes, from Olympians and US cycling teams to U.S. Marine Corps National Triathlon and Marathon teams, utilizing his talents to propel them to excellence. In 2012, Brian co-founded Walton Endurance, which is an organization that specializes in building trust, teamwork and cultural change by facilitating cycling events that provide a once in a lifetime experience. With Brian’s leadership as CEO, they seek to change the dynamic of corporate culture and facilitate team bonding through fostering collaboration and improving employee morale, all while coaching their clients to a higher level of fitness. Listen along, as we discuss Brian’s cycling past and what he’s up to now. Our conversation gets pretty emotional towards the end while we talk about his wife’s diagnoses. For more about Brian and his work, visit http://waltonendurance.com/wp/.
64 minutes | May 12, 2021
CoH Episode 43: Freddy Shegog
This week’s guest, Freddy Shegog, is a man of excess. For the past couple years that excess has been in positivity, compassion, education and motivation to help the community around him…but that hasn’t always been the case. There was a time in Freddy’s life when the excess was in alcohol, drugs, and symptoms associated with mental illness. The consequences of these excesses left Freddy homeless and a shell of his current self. That is until Freddy got the help he desperately needed, and over time developed the tools and mindset that has allowed him to turn his story into one of hope. He has gone on to become a keynote speaker, helping others understand the power of change. The quote below demonstrates the power of Freddy’s words. “I no longer count the days, I make the days count. I attack life with hunger and determination to spread hope. We are each unique with special gifts to offer. I realize my identity will forever change but only in an upward climb as I build upon the foundation of my truth. Like a student who achieves the highest level of education with more degree titles to his name, I want an identity with multiple initials indicating I have helped to change the world in an extremely positive manner.” – Freddy Shegog For more about Freddy, check out https://www.themessagellc.com/
82 minutes | May 5, 2021
CoH Episode 42: Pat Cunnane
One of the things I enjoy most about hosting a podcast is that sometimes I get the opportunity to interview people who’ve found something they're passionate about, and they turn that passion into a career. This week’s guest, Pat Cunnane, is a prime example of someone who’s done just that. Pat and I have few things in common, we both love bikes, and we’ve both spent our formative years turning wrenches as bike mechanics at a local bike shop (not the same bike shop). What we don’t have in common, is how we envisioned our future working in the bicycle industry. Where I never saw much of a career path, Pat saw an opportunity to build a career doing something he absolutely loved. And that vision took him from a poorly paid bike shop mechanic, to president of arguably one the biggest bike companies in the world. Pat has played an interracial part in the world of cycling and was an absolute pioneer in the development in modern day mountain biking. We discuss Pats' rise through the ranks in the cycling industry and some of the trials and tribulations, personally and professionally, along the way. For more information about Pat’s is current project, check out Yuba Bikes.
65 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
CoH Episode 41: Taylor Spike, Part 2
This week we welcome back a CoH OG, Taylor Spike! Taylor revisits the podcast to discuss his sobriety, future plans to honor his son at K2, and why the hell he would want to enter a 250-mile foot race. Taylor’s first episode (episode 6) is one of the most downloaded episodes for a reason. The man has battled with depression, addiction and tragedy and doesn’t shy away from sharing lessons learned along the way…no matter how good, bad or ugly that may look. He’s turned obstacles into motivation and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Next week Taylor embarks on his newest adventure, the Cocodona 250. This ultra-marathon is a 250-mile foot race from The Rock Springs Café in Canyon City, Arizona to Heritage Square in Flagstaff, Arizona. And in case you’re wondering if the course is flat…the estimated cumulative elevation gain is 42,313”! For more about Taylor Spike check him out on IG @tspike2, and be sure to listen to our first conversation at CoH Episode 6: Taylor Spike.
76 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
CoH Episode 40: Retired Major General Greg F. Martin, US Army.
This weeks’ guest is Retired Major General Greg F. Martin, US Army, and he’s undoubtedly changing the way mental illness is viewed within the military ranks. Gen. Martin didn’t set out to be an advocate for soldiers, airman, and marines suffering with mental illness, and it certainly wasn’t a position he could have imagined himself in prior to mid-July 2014. That is until he was forced out of his position and subsequently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In 2014 General Martin was serving as president of the National Defense University in Washington DC. In mid-July General Martin was summoned to his boss’s office, then chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. Upon arrival, Gen. Dempsey hugged Gen. Martin and said “Greg, I love you like a brother … but your time at NDU is done. You have until 1700 today to submit your letter of resignation to me or I will fire you. Is that clear?” What came next was a personal two-year war in which the enemy was Gen. Martin’s own mind, and it’s one that almost cost him his life.It was an absolute honor to sit down with Gen. Martin and discuss his journey with bipolar disorder, and how speaking openly about his experiences is helping other men and women of the armed forces avoid the stigma associated with mental health. For more about Gen. Martin’s story please see his opinion piece in Task and Purpose.
66 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
CoH Episode 39: Danielle Cook Kawash and Simon Mathews from, First In Wellness
This week I had the opportunity to sit down with Danielle Cook Kawash and Simon Mathews from First In Wellness. FIW is a wellness program specifically designed to help first responders manage their physical and mental health by improving their physical fitness, nutrition, mental agility and sleep. Addressing the issues facing our first responders is WAY overdue, and I was extremely excited to sit down with Daniel and Simon to discuss how they and their team are serving those who serve us.Danielle Cook Kawash is the founder and nutrition expert at First In Wellness. She has a diverse background in health as a university educator, published author, personal trainer, and clinical dietitian. She co-developed and participated in wellness programs with the Berkeley Fire Department and Santa Clara County Fire Department. Specializing in Functional Medicine, Danielle uses this integrated, preventative approach as the foundation for the First In Wellness program development. Danielle has a master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science, along with a Board Certification in Health and Wellness Coaching. Simon Mathews Simon is certified in Health Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine. He’s the CEO of Wellcoaches® Australia School of Health Coaching. Simon is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Avondale College University Lifestyle Medicine & Health Research Centre and is on teaching faculty with Wellcoaches USA. He’s the Chief Psychologist and Director of Program and Learning Development for Likevekt Helse, the Director of the US not-for-profit Global Positive Health Institute, and the Director of the Australian not-for-profit Practice Excellence Institute. Simon consults and presents nationally and internationally in the areas of health coaching, behaviour change, positive psychology and lifestyle medicine. Simon has extensive experience working with first responders and ex-military personnel to assess and treat PTSD. For more about FIW please check out https://www.firstinwellness.com/
52 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
CoH Episode 39: Eat Look Feel Founder, Dan Hyman
This week I welcome EAT LOOK FEEL founder Dan Hyman to the podcast. At first glance, it’s clear to see that Dan has a profound understanding of fitness and nutrition; it’s what helped him become a highly successful male model. Dig a little deeper though and you’ll find that Dan’s understanding of fitness doesn’t end there. He approaches fitness from all angles, training, nutrition and especially mindset. His passion for all around health is what motivated him to start EAT LOOK FEEL, an online coaching platform that inspires and motivates people towards creating a healthier lifestyle in a realistic and sustainable way. Dan and I also discuss habits and his deep understanding of how habit stacking relates to productivity and achieving goals. For more about Dan and EAT LOOK FEEL check him out at https://eatlookfeel.com/ or on IG at @dan_hyman.
89 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
CoH Episode 37: Three Time Tour de France Winner, Greg LeMond
This week I welcome to the podcast my childhood sports hero, three-time winner of the Tour de France (1986, 1989, and 1990), two-time winner of the Road Race World Championship (1983 and 1989), and one of the greatest cyclists of all time, Greg LeMond. I tried my best to play it cool during this interview but truth be told, this interview was a very big deal for me. As a young cyclist in the early 90s, I absolutely idolized Greg LeMond, so to have him on the podcast was an unbelievable experience. Greg and I discuss his most recent project LeMond Bikes, his success in the world of cycling at an early age, and the ups and downs of his career on and off the bike. Please check some of the unbelievable bikes Greg and his team at LeMond Bikes are bringing to the market.
60 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
CoH Episode 36: Spencer Ploessl
This one is a first! Prior to my interview with this week’s guest Spencer Ploessl, I knew very little about him or his story. I usually put a fair amount of time into researching my guests’ backstory prior to inviting them on the show….but this week I’m trying something new. This time around, my research started and ended with me stumbling on a picture of Spencer along with a caption of him celebrating 365 days alcohol free. There was something about this picture that I felt drawn to and within a few minutes and a couple instant messages, we had a date to record the interview. With that being said, I couldn’t be happier with the way our conversation went. Spencer and I discuss what it’s like to be a craft beer connoisseur yet refrain from drinking alcohol. We examine the connection between our identity and drinking, and all of the opportunities made possible by changing our relationship with alcohol. Please check out Spencer’s LinkedIn page for more about this wild man https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerploessl
60 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
CoH Episode 35: Harry Cunnane
This week I sit down with the co-author of Under Our Roof: A Son’s Battle for Recovery, a Mothers Battle for Her Son, Harry Cunnane. Harry co-authored this book with his mother, Congresswomen Madeline Dean, and it describes the ugliness of addiction through the eyes of both the individual struggling with this disease, and the subsequent pain felt by parents as they try desperately to help their child towards sobriety. I really appreciated Harry’s brutal honesty when describing his battle with addiction and what his path was to sobriety. Harry and his mother wrote this book with the hopes that their story will inspire and inform other families experiencing a similar struggle. Please check out more about Harry on Instagram @harrycunnane, and his mother Congresswomen Madeline Dean at https://dean.house.gov. Under Our Roof: A Son’s Battle for Recovery, a Mothers Battle for Her Son can be found wherever books are sold. Consequenceofhabit.com
36 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
CoH Episode 34: Professional Climber and Climate Activist, Graham Zimmerman
This week I sat down with award winning professional climber, filmmaker and climate advocate, Graham Zimmerman. When I started CoH my goal was to empower individuals and communities by bringing awareness to the impact habits have on mental health, success and the environment. Having said that, I would be hard pressed to find another guest who hits all of those objectives as much as Graham. Graham and I discuss habits and how they’ve impacted his success in becoming and excelling as a professional climber. We also discuss Graham’s role as a climate advocate and how he’s used the spotlight as a professional athlete to raise awareness around climate change through the Protect Our Winters Organization (POW). To find out more about Graham and POW, check out Graham’s website https://www.grahamzimmerman.com/ and Protect Our Winter.
83 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
CoH Episode 33: Author and Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapist, Donald Robertson
This week I was honored to sit down with cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, Donald Robertson. Stoicism has played a big part in my life over the past couple years and Donald’s book was part of my initial introduction into the philosophy. The book is a detailed account of my personal favorite Stoic philosopher’s life, Marcus Aurelius. Donald and I discuss how Stoicism guided Marcus’s everyday life as a Roman Emperor and why the philosophy is equally relevant now as it was over 2000 years ago. I had a great time speaking with Donald and can’t recommend his book enough. Be sure to check out Donald’s LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldjrobertson/ or his website https://donaldrobertson.name/
77 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
CoH Episode 32: Aike Visbeek
This week I sit down with Team Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Performance Manager Aike Visbeek. Aike was formerly Team Sunweb’s sports director and contributed to Tom Dumoulin’s overall victory in the 2017 Giro d’Italia. Aike and I take a deep dive into the physical and mental challenges required to compete at the highest level in the world of cycling. We examine the intense pressure put on cyclist’s to produce results, and what the repercussions have been for some of the biggest names in the sport. Aike explains the hurdles of developing a team of riders and the importance of buy-in when introducing a new training program. I had a great time talking to Aike and look forward to what he and Team Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert do this season. For more on Aike and the team be sure to check out http://wanty-gobert.be/en/Visbeek.
49 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
CoH Episode 31: Adam Wright from Field Trip Health
This week I sat down with former Navy SEAL Adam Wright from Field Trip Health, the world’s first integrated company in legal psychedelics. Adam heads Field Trip’s veterans division, where he and his team pair veterans with psychedelic therapy to help treat mental health issues related to PTSD. Adam and I discuss the benefits of and science behind Field Trip’s PTSD treatment, a Ketamine assisted psychotherapy administered by specially trained psychotherapist. We dive deep into the stigma associated with psychedelics and how that stigma is rapidly changing with the help of recent studies using psychedelics, as well as books like Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind. It was a pleasure sitting down with Adam to talk about the groundbreaking work being done at Field Trip Health and some of the exciting things still yet to come. To find out more be sure to check out https://www.fieldtriphealth.com/basecamp
70 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
CoH Episode 30: Sean Kelly
As a huge fan of cycling, I’m extremely excited to welcome to the podcast a man who’s considered one of the greatest cyclists of all time, Sean Kelly. Sean has won 193 professional bike races and was ranked the top cyclist in the world five years running. His victories include the Vuelta a Espana, Paris-Roubaix twice, Tour de Suisse, and five stages in the Tour de France. Sean and I discuss his rise from a small farming town in Ireland to eventually reaching the pinnacle of the sport. We also discuss his post cycling career, which includes commentating for Eurosport and most recently his involvement in developing the IndoorVelo Screen Mount. This system allows indoor cyclists the ability to mount their laptop, tablet or phone onto their handlebars using the IndoorVelo mounting bracket. This is perfect for indoor cyclists using software platforms like Zwift. To see more about IndoorVelo check-out www.indoorvelo.com
59 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
CoH Episode 29: Josh Duntz from Stasis
On this week’s episode I got to sit down with Josh Duntz to discuss the amazing work he and his team at Stasis are doing using the power of breathwork. We discuss why breathwork has gained so much recent notoriety and the science behind the practice. Josh initially developed his passion for breathwork while serving in the Navy as a member of the special operations community. As Josh transitioned out of the military he founded Stasis as a way to share the benefits of breathwork in the field of human performance and as a way to improve mental health and sleep. After Covid-19 hit, he and the team at Stasis started using breathwork to help patients recover and improve lingering respiratory effects related to the virus. Be sure to check out the work Josh and his team are doing at https://stasisperformance.com/.
42 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
CoH Episode 28: Bill Shufelt from Athletic Brewing
This is a big one ladies and gentleman! In this weeks’ episode I have the privilege of sitting down with Bill Shufelt, the visionary and co-founder behind Athletic Brewing Company. Bill and the team at ABC have flipped the script on what it means to drink non-alcoholic beer. In our conversation Bill discusses how the seeds of ABC were sewn by his love of great beer, and the realization that alcohol was personally and professionally preventing him from being the best version of himself. So, he did what visionaries do; he recognized an opportunity and despite the risk and uncertainty, he seized it! Bill describes how we quit his job and went all in on his dream to revolutionize the world of NA beer. He talks about the trials and tribulations along the way, and the incredible things that ABC is doing to give back the community. I was truly inspired by Bills story and it was an absolute pleasure to have him on the podcast. For more about Athletic Brewing Company go to www.AthleticBrewing.com and use promo code COH20 to get 20% off your first order.
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